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6 Steps to Deal With Online Distractions: Avoiding Social Media & Web 2.0 Time-Wasters

Yesterday we reached to following conclusions:

  1. Information overload won’t necessarily create a loss in concentration, learning, or thinking.
  2. Information overload has allowed people to become scholars and experts on their favorite subjects in a quick, interactive, way.
  3. To date, finding relevant information can be a time-consuming challenge–that has its quirky advantages.

Still, I must concede that social media and Web 2.0 sites have the power to distract people, causing them (in cases) to work and focus less. Either, you’re productivity is at risk–or your old procrastinating methods have been retired.

Look up “overwhelmed by social media” on Google and you get 739,000 pages that notice the ailment or offer solutions for it. Bloggers, journalists, and the guy a desk over know it’s a problem.

So how do you focus on your tasks in a world where you can access social media sites on your phone while you attend a productivity meeting?

1. Turn off your internet: Every expert who has chimed in on this subject has said just this. It’s like telling a smoker to toss their smokes. It’s not as easy as it seems. Put aside a morning for writing and inevitably your mouse will gravitate towards your internet browser. The trick here is too work in a internet dead-zone or turn off your airport. Essentially: make it as difficult as possible to log back on…..